Xue Xiaoqiu is a pianist and composer. He signed with Universal Music China.
Born in Nanjing in August 1989, Xue Xiaoqiu, exhibiting his exceptional talent for music, began to learn to play the piano at age 5 and learned under the instruction of teachers Li Zhongqiu and Ye Huifang at the beginning stage. From then on, he learned to differentiate the complex chord with his ears.
From 1996 to1998, Xue Xiaoqiu studied under teacher Osumi Emi at Musashi University in Japan. During this period, Xue Xiaoqiu won the first prize at the Tokyo Children’s Piano Competition, and later won many prizes at the multiple Japanese piano competitions. He later enrolled at Shenzhen Arts School at age 12 by means of his top results for the same grade, and learned under the famous piano educator Dan Zhaoyi. Since he was at the age of 15, Xue Xiaoqiu has successively won prizes at domestic and overseas important piano competitions on many occasions. In March, 2006, he obtained the first prize for the youth group of the 3rd Isidor Baji? International Piano Competition held in Serbia, and gone on 12 tours of concerts for commemorating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Mozart at the invitation of CEI Youth Orchestra and renowned Italian conductor. In April of the same year, he once again won the top prize for the 11th Missouri Southern International Piano Competition in the U.S. In 2007, he achieved the top spot at the Chinese qualification trials for the 7th International Paderewski Piano Competition held in Poland, and held concerts in many countries. Having cut a brilliant figure in the international classical music arena when he was an adolescent, he had received the invitation from Yale University – a member of the Ivy League. However, Xue Xiaoqiu, following his middle school graduation, resolutely decided to pursue further studies at Sichuan Conservatory of Music under his respected teacher – Professor Dan Zhaoyi.
In 2010, he signed with Universal Music China, making him the youngest classical pianist under Universal Music. At the same year, he has released his first piano performance album The Magic Finger, which has been met with a resounding success in the Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong SAR, and become the platinum record. He was honored with the title of "Best Piano Performance Album of the Year".
In 2011, he has released his own first neo-classical music original album Silent Music and took charge of everything ranging from composition, arrangement, to piano performance for the whole album. The album, with its pioneering and milestone significance, has won high plaudits on the market by the listeners, and rated as the "Best Classical Music Album of the Year" by the Musician's Association. Due to the immense popularity of the song Broken Rondo at the 23rd Taiwan Golden Melody Awards, Xue Xiaoqiu was nominated as the "Best Composer" and thus become the youngest nominee for this award.
This neo-classical music original album of Secrets of A Soloist released in 2012 has further consolidated the unique reputation of Xue Xiaoqiu as the composer and performer in the music circle. At each concert, he brings diverse musical forms and genres to the audience by giving full play to his combination of creation and performance.
In 2013, Xue Xiaoqiu has released the heavy-hitter performance album Concerto in concert with the celebrated conductor Li Xincao and China National Symphony Orchestra. After the release of the album, Xue Xiaoqiu and Li Xincao have held many symphony concerts with their names as the titles in China. The cooperation of the two masters has become a favorite story in the classical music circle in China.
At present, Xue Xiaoqiu is active in the music circle in his dual capacity as pianist and composer. The classical music work performed by him has won firm recognition of the senior musicians and educators, and the pure music with fashion elements created by him is immensely popular with the young listeners.